‘I want to be the best centre back in the world’

Leah Williamson has never stopped dreaming.

From making her senior debut as a 17-year-old and playing alongside her idols, to representing her country and wearing the captain’s armband for Arsenal.
But now she’s ready for more.

“I’ve never been shy in saying that my aim is to be the best centre back in the world,” Williamson told “My coaches have always had that belief in me, players have always said to me that I can go as high as I wanted to and I need to start realising that now.
“That’s another thing about signing my new contract: can I do that here? I believe that for the foreseeable that yeah, that’s true and that as much as I push my own standards, playing around the best players and getting the right support from the coaching staff, hopefully if you mix those things together I can take it to the next level.
“Right now everyone knows me for my passing, my ball playing, that side of my game, and growing up at the Arsenal academy I’d expect nothing less of myself, now it’s time to maybe show what a leader and a defensive player I can be. That’s the next one or two per cent I need to tick off that box.”

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